OVERVIEW: In July 2011 a symposium on osteoarthritis convened experts in many areas—nursing, epidemiology, rheumatology, public policy, geriatrics, pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, and complementary modalities—to discuss the importance of nurses in reducing the disability caused by osteoarthritis. The planning committee included representatives from AJN, the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Symposium attendees recommended ways in which nurses could take on greater leadership roles in research, policy, education, and clinical practice for the early diagnosis and management of this prevalent condition.
Laura Robbins, DSW, is a senior vice president for education and academic affairs at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City.
Marjorie G. Kulesa, BS, RN, ONC, CNOR, is a past president of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses and the nurse coordinator for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY.
Reprinted with permission from American Journal of Nursing, 112(3), S3–S11, 2012.
Contact authors: Laura Robbins (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Marjorie G. Kulesa (email@example.com).
The authors acknowledge Phyllis Tower for her help in searching the literature and writing.
The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.